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What has everyone been reading lately, translated or otherwise? What are some ones you'd recommend? What are some you would warn to stay away from? My personal starter basket:
Rokujouma no Shinryakusha | Kono Subarashii Sekai wo Shukufu wo! | Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon | Toaru Majutsu no Index | Youjo Senki (not translated past v. 1, hard to read in Japanese) | Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? (LN is better paced than the WN but not translated) | Overlord | Nee-chan wa Chuunibyou! | The Girl Who Ate Death | The Girl Who Bore the Flame Ring (untranslated) | Evil God Average


Managed to fuck up the name of Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!, but whatever you get the point.


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I've been reading the IS LNs for a while now, they're pretty okay so far. I have some of the overlord ones downloaded too, should probably give them a shot.

I also think I'm going to pick up the konosuba novels since the show just ended and left me wanting more.


Pop quiz: who is best Stratos? Who is worst Stratos?


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Easy, best is Laura. Worst is Cecilia.


The best is Chifuyu-nee.


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Chifuyu is pretty good. But Laura is much cuter in my opinion.


Chifuyu = Laura > Others > Rin > Cecilia > Houki


I'm interested in reading more light novels, but I don't really know where to get them. where do you guys go for translations?


Nyaa has an underused literature section that has a lot of books


You know, it didn't even occur to me to look there. Thanks.


There's also madokami aka 4chan's Secret Club, but you need to register via IRC.


I stumbled on several of the Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku books last night. I enjoyed the anime, so that should be fun.


I'm interested in a couple of LNs like the afore mentioned mohiku but I always stop myself because of the possibility of those getting an anime adaptation that I then won't be able to thoroughly enjoy because I would have already read the source material. Stopping myself from picking up overlord turned out to be a good call because a sequel was announced.

How do you deal with this sort of thing? Do you still watch the anime adaptations or do you not lose your time with them?


I usualy read them anyways, or in some cases after watching the anime to see how different it is.


Just read them. If something you've read gets an anime and it turns out to be shit, you can skip it and save yourself some time; if it turns out to be good, you can still enjoy it for what it adds to the original.


I've read all the translated KonoSuba stuff, and it didn't change my enjoyment of the anime at all. Then again, KonoSuba is a comedy LN so the story isn't really less funny if you know what's going to happen. I think it mostly depends on the source material. One that is fairly story heavy that you think you'll enjoy the anime more than reading it, hold off. If you don't think it'll hamper your enjoyment of the anime (if it gets one/has one) then go ahead and read it.
Overlord's first season covers the first three books in the LN, so you could read those if you want to get the stuff the anime left out.


One of the perks of having a bad memory is you can watch things you read like they were brand new.


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the FUCK did you just say about sitting for a fireside READ?


>samuel l. jackson hosts reading rainbow


Reading is for true patricians.


Have any of you nerds read Clockwork Planet? The anime's a mess, but I like the premise. Presumably the books must be good/popular if the anime got made. I probably won't get to it for a while, but I downloaded the first book.


I have it downloaded but it's backlogged, will probably read once the anime is over.


I recently finished HakoMari vol 4, and then read about 1/3 of Goblin Slayer vol 1. I'll probably put Goblin Slayer on hold soon, and read HakoMari 5 before finishing it.


But if you don't read, how did you figure out that this thread is about reading?


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Maybe he uses a text to speach program that reads all the posts on smachan.


I'm not sure if it really counts as a light novel, but last night I read Yellow Rose by Nobuko Yoshiya. It was really wonderful. I want more flowery shoujo novels from the Taisho period.


I just started Tomino's Gundam novels. I'm really enjoying it so far, although the translator makes some odd choices in Anglicizing some of the names.


It shouldn't affect your enjoyment of the anime, especially since a lot of adaptations are really meant to be advertisements and fanservice for the light novels. Overlord, for example, was really more enjoyable as fanservice for LNfags because a lot of the deeper and plotwise stuff was hidden in the light novels; the anime was fanservice for us to watch Ainz look cool.

I wanted Houki to be good. Why is Houki so terrible?


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I'm going to learn Japanese so I can read every LN/VN that I want to.




I read the first one of these a few weeks ago. It was okay. Honestly, the anime's better.


Rokujouma no Shinryakusha? Really? Huh, usually the consensus is that the anime is decent but the LN is better.


No, Mahou Shoujou Ikkusei Keikaku.
In some ways, it's more detailed than the anime, but I feel like if really skims over the characters' inner lives.


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I'm just about finished with Otsuichi's Goth. It's been pretty good. I kind of wish it had more serial killer stuff because I'm a gurofag.
Although the things it describes are horrific, it's not really a horror novel so much as a suspense novel with lots of twists.


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Anyone else reading these? Kumoko became cute as hell


Are the LNs translated anywhere? I'm following the webnovel. I've heard the LN is better somehow but googling it doesn't return anything (or rather it returns loads of sites claiming they host the LN, when it's just the WN).


I've read the manga but I've heard that it goes downhill once she becomes a human.


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Not exactly human, but a human form I think and there will be other characters too. Not unlike the pic at >>22312 I should think. I'm not sure the manga hasn't reached that far yet.


It's not translated to my knowledge, not even to Chinese or Vietnamese or Korean. Don't know why nobody seems interested in it, though it's doing quite well in Japan.

I don't think so, I feel like a lot of the time the people who think so didn't really understand what was happening. Well you can judge it for yourself later anyway; the manga seems to follow the LN and not the webnovel anyway.

Not really, no. Actual spoiler alert:
She goes through apotheosis and becomes a deity, at which point she generally walks around with two legs because it's more convenient for various things like eating without getting attacked. It's mentioned that she often turns back into an arachne while sleeping.


Finally got around to reading Hataraku yesterday, currently on volume 8. Emi(lia) is one of the best written tsunderes I've seen, gotta say.


Emilia did everything wrong and deserves death.


In later books or what? So far she hasn't done much that would make me say that.


>Maou glared angrily at the bleary eyed Acies, and silently raised a fist, seeing this, Suzuno frantically grabbed his arm with all her might.
>"W, wait, Demon King! Don't! Even though I can understand how you feel, you can't do that!"
>"Let go of me, Suzuno. It's the era of gender equality now."
>"Even with equality, it's still something you cannot do with your pride on the line!"
>"Because there are thoughts like yours, there are currently no train compartments specially reserved for males."
Dang, that last line sounded like it came from the heart of the author.


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I picked up the first of the Yukikaze books today from that sifi themed humble bundle. I loved the ovas so I jumped at the chance of being able to read the original, and for a dollar with 4 more books included I really couldn't turn it down.

So far it's almost exactly like the anime, with some more fleshed out explanations of a lot of things and I really like that its almost like watching the show again, but with some more context to the things happening in the story.


Sounds interesting. Is is an ebook or something?


Yeah, I got it off of here:

Not sure if the rest are any good, but I'll probably get to reading them later on. Also it looks like its a publisher bundle not a sifi one.


sience fiction


Overlord Volume 12 is out
Come one come all to see Papa Bones in action again.


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I hate Shun so fucking much


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Just finished reading Yukikaze and it was really good. If you liked the OVAs you're going to love the book, there's a ton of stuff that they didn't adapt and a ton of context that really helps things make a bit more sense.

I just got the sequel "good luck, Yukikaze" too. I'll probably give the OVAs a re-watch when I'm done to see if there's anything I missed.


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Remedios is such a fucking cunt isn't she?


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Neia is too cute.


>last chapter
Please no, Neia must live, it's not right for her to die.


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Just got done with "Good luck, Yukikaze". I thought it was really good, they cranked up the philosophical stuff a bit too much in my opinion but it was a really good read. I'm just disappointed that the third book, "unbroken arrow", has been out since 2009 and there's still no word on if it'll ever get translated.

I might have to give in and start trying to learn Japanese because I can't just leave it as it is!


Japanese actually isn't that hard to learn. It's the fact that it uses a completely different writing system that makes it hard, it's not an inherently fucked language like say Arabic. Or English.


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This LN is such rubbish but it's so good, it's like pringles for your brain.


So you want to put it in your mouth and pretend you're a duck?


Well I did say for your brain, so more like you read it and pretend you're a dumbass. Maybe some of us don't need to pretend.


The cover art is cute. is it available in English?


Yeah, it's called My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World, published by J-Novel. You can get it on goddess.


Read all the KonoSuba books. Not surprisingly, better than the anime.
Kazuma and Megumin are very cute together.


Cool, thanks.

Are the books actually good? While I enjoyed the anime, it's absolute trash.


It's a comedy. If you enjoyed it, then it's a good comedy, because it did its job.


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I'm reading the Twin Angel BREAK webnovel that was announced when the anime ended (

It started out pretty good. It's narrated from Sumire's point of view, so it provides an interesting insight into her character while delivering more twin angel antics. An enjoyable read for fans for sure.

As the plot kicked in, though, it started drifting away from a typical twin angel story while summoning past characters as if to make up for it. Right now (chapter 17), the story's got itself thigh-deep into a swamp of parallel worlds and time travel themes while Sumire herself shows obvious symptoms of marysuization.

Thought I'd share my impression in case someone else is considering picking it up, or looking forward to a translation. I really can't recommend it at this point, beyond the early chapters at least.


I didn't even watch Twin Angel BREAK because the name sounded so dumb. Is it actually worth picking back up? I have it downloaded, but never planned on actually watching it.


It's okay. Don't bother if you're not a mahou shoujo fan.


Been reading Genjitsushugisha no Oukokukaizouki lately
Decent stuff, it's a really cliche set up but it manages to pull it off well.


Classroom of the Elites. I liked the anime and decided to read whatever has been translated of the LN.


I thought the anime was kind of tryhard, though the quotes were a nice touch. I guess it being tryhard was almost kind of the point though.


I thought the quotes were the once giving it the 2smart4u-vibe but it was fun nontheless. What I liked most about the show was the characters especially 50%man and Koenji.


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Personally I got turned off a bunch with the whole "haha Japanese stuff rite" rubbish that always infests isekai, but all it all it's okay. It's kind of weird how he's a moralfag in private though. Looking forward to volume V anyway.


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Personally I got turned off a bunch with the whole "haha Japanese stuff rite" rubbish that always infests isekai, but all it all it's okay. It's kind of weird how he's a moralfag in private though. Looking forward to volume V.


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Not entirely sure why it posted twice, with my second attempt before the first after the first failed to upload.


Been rereading KSnH lately
I hate how we're never getting a third season ever because of non-reasons. Anyway, does anyone else read the novels?


The newest volume of neechan wa chuunibyou is out.


The first volume of Kumo desu ga is on Goddess if anyone wants to read the LN version
I understand that the LN makes the story flow smoother and generally makes some changes, but the reactions aren't all positive and there's some 'weird' additions.


I heard speculation that Overlord XIII might be delayed until February instead of January
Anyone know if this is true?


According to Nigel's blog it's the 28th of April or something, so normal release schedule.


Anyone else caught up with the KonoSuba translation?


I've been delaying for aeons. What LN are they up to right now?


12 is the most recently translated one, though 13 is out in Japan so hopefully we'll get it soon. You should read them, I thought 10-12 were great. Lots of humor.


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I've only read like 5 LNs but it's my responsibility as a samacitizen to post in your thread.

I assume at least someone here has read Zaregoto?
Every time two characters were talking to each other one on one, I really enjoyed it. But I can't say I really enjoyed the mystery, despite it being what I went in for.
I've only read the first but it was alright, pretty fun I guess.


I got roped into watching the OVA, if that counts. Leaving aside the animation issues, I was pretty lukewarm on the mystery, and most of the characters, and overall I felt that it basically lacked the charm of other Nisio works. Plus the last bit felt like a total asspull, even if there were technically some hints pointing to it, so it left me fairly exasperated.


I only watched the first couple episodes of the OVA and it kind of sucked. The OVA is finished then I assume? I might watch it just to hear some of the good conversations voiced, though I'm sure they are cut way down.
Did they also spend a year freaking out about how someone could POSSIBLY cross a large area of paint?


I've read it but it feels like one of those things you 'have to read' to get under your belt, not necessarily because it's good but because it's just on The List if you know what I mean.
It had a great name though, I'll give you that much.


Yes, and yes.


KonoSuba XIII is out.


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Forgot picture
Looks like it's going to feature Wiz.


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Neia's new character sheet
The Cruel Eyed Fanatic
Paladin 2 / Sacred Archer 3 /Evangelist 2 / Founder 4
Neia becomes a national hero


What's really interesting is how I remembered to spoiler the translation but not the sheet itself.

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